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5 Signs & Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is an emergency. This situation is not to be dealt with lightly or put off as a “wait-and-see” medical condition. First and foremost, seek an eye care professional. If you notice any of these five signs and symptoms of retinal detachment, schedule an appointment with Eye Care of Delaware immediately. The sooner you act, the better your chances of a positive outcome!


Retinal detachment is painless. You won’t feel any sharp tug or excruciating burning in the eye. There are warning signs that typically appear before the condition occurs or worsens, though. These symptoms include:

  • Sudden appearance of countless floaters – tiny specks that drift about your field of vision
  • Flashes of light in your eyes – one or both
  • Blurry vision
  • Gradually reduced peripheral vision
  • Curtain-like shadow descending over your field of vision

These are the five most common signs and symptoms of retinal detachment. Some individuals may experience all of the above-mentioned symptoms, while some experience none of them before the event. Everyone is unique.

Visiting a Doctor

The moment you notice any symptoms of retinal detachment, you’ll want to seek medical attention. An experienced eye doctor can better diagnose the situation and create a plan of action moving forward.

You may be at greater risk of developing retinal detachment if:

  • You are greater than 50-years-old
  • You or a family has dealt with retinal detachment in the past
  • You are very nearsighted

If not properly cared for by a medical professional, retinal detachment may lead to permanent vision loss. We urge you to treat this situation with the utmost importance. Do not sit idly by and hope the situation repairs itself, because it won’t.

Contact Us

To schedule treatment for retinal detachment, contact Eye Care of Delaware by calling (302) 454-8800 today. Our experienced eye doctors can properly diagnose and treat retinal detachment and a host of other eye-related issues.

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